Marquinhos eyes number one

Paris Saint-Germain

Marquinhos admits it is an ambition of his to be the best defender in the world and feels he may well end his career at Paris Saint Germain.

Having left Brazilian club Corinthians as a teenager to join Roma, the 25-year-old spent just one season in the Eternal Coty before moving to the Parc des Princes in the summer of 2013.

The talented stopper has enhanced his reputation in Paris, making 165 Ligue 1 appearances and another 48 in the Champions League.

Capped 47 times by Brazil, Marquinhos has five Ligue 1 titles under his belt along with four Coupe de France and five Coupe de la Ligue crowns.


The South American is widely recognised as one of the top central defenders in the game and has been linked with many of Europe’s top clubs, but it seems as though being thought of as top dog is something he craves.

“Being the best defender in the world means a lot – it’s a personal target, which can also help to reach the team’s goals,” he told AFP.

Whether he does eventually move away from the French capital only time will tell but it appears as though he is not planning an exit strategy any time soon.

“Could I finish my career here? Yes. If all this continues in a positive way, if I continue to be happy here with the project,” he added.

PSG are already nine points clear at the top of the French top-flight standings, with Marquinhos and his fellow defensive stars ensuring that they have conceded just eight league goals all season.